Maitland Community Getting Ready For Arrival Of National Disability Insurance Scheme

Mon Oct 13, 2014

The Maitland community is invited to attend a free open-invitation BBQ where people with an interest in mental health issues can obtain important information on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), which will roll out to Maitland soon.

The gathering is an early opportunity for the community to find out more about the NDIS and how it can help people affected by a mental health issue, including people with a personal lived experience and their families, friends and carers.

The Maitland LGA will be the next Hunter region to benefit from the full roll-out of the NDIS from July 2015, following NDIS trials in Newcastle and Lake Macquarie which started in mid-2013.

The information event is being arranged by RichmondPRA, an NDIS service provider in the Hunter and one of the regions and Australia’s foremost not-for-profit rganisations providing community-based support for people with mental health issues.

RichmondPRA NDIS Business Manager Mark Cliff said the gathering would be the first of many Maitland-based initiatives to ensure that local people with an interest in mental health issues are ready for the NDIS arrival.

“The NDIS is a tremendous initiative that offers services and supports for people with a range of disabilities, including mental health issues,” Mr Cliff said.

“Given the size and dynamics of the scheme, we’ve decided to make an early start in Maitland to be sure that people affected by mental health issues can understand services and supports that are available and how to access them.

“A lot of the time people simply don’t know if they’re eligible for help of where to go for help.

“The roll out of the NDIS to Maitland is a milestone in terms of support for people with disabilities, including mental illness. It takes assistance to a whole new level and we want to be sure the community understands in advance how the scheme works.”

Mr Cliff said that one in five people in the community would experience a mental health issue at some point in their lives, with impacts being felt across society including family, friend and workplace networks.

The information event and BBQ will be held at Maitland Park on Friday 7 November, from 10.00am-2.00pm.

General enquiries: Jodi Bunt on 0428 617 786.

Media enquiries: Mark Cliff 0412 833 820.